The trouble I have with making resolutions isn't really keeping them. The problem I run into is when I make other goals throughout the year as my priorities change, as my situation may change, or as I change, that conflict with my resolutions. I may not have had as much of a struggle keeping my resolutions, as I've had with creating new ones that don't conflict with the ones I made at the beginning of the year. This is where I'm at with my resolutions in February....
1. Eat a cupcake once a week. Seriously. What was I thinking? That's the point: I wasn't. That was my old sugar-addicted self doing the writing. I'm writing as a new person now. I still love cupcakes, but I don't have to think about having one every. single. day. Cupcakes, my world no longer completely revolves around you anymore. Consider yourself canceled.
2. Run only for the love of it, not so I can "pork out". I haven't run nearly as much as I use to, maybe once or twice a week and not more than 4 miles on each run. I'm not putting unnecessary pressure on myself, and I don't feel the need to carb load every single day just so I can have the energy to run 20-30 miles a week.
3. Eat my food more slowly so I can savor the taste. Maybe the food I'm cooking needs to be chewed more slowly, or it just tastes better because I'm cooking it. No need for me to slow down so I can know I'm full anymore. Now my body tells me when it's full and I actually feel "full".
4. Drag the DH on walks with me (and\or the dogs). Again, what was I thinking? Our jobs make this a little bit difficult to do together. While it seems realistic, this isn't our situation. Canceled.
5. Have more game nights with the DH. See the puzzle pieces on the table in some of my pictures? That has been our version of "game night" so far this year. Maybe we'll move onto actual games at some point.
6. Spend less time daydreaming. I'm busy in ways that make me feel that I'm making a difference in not only my own life, but in other peoples' lives and that means less time to daydream about living better or being happier.
7. Read books again. I meant books in any form, actual and electronic. I want to expand beyond reading blogs and internet articles and get back to where I use to be. I'm reading my poetry books again, which counts, I think.
8. Don't buy any new or second-hand clothes/shoes/accessories for 5 months out of the year. A separate blog post will follow shortly. I promise myself.
9. Explore a new place once a month. I went to a new restaurant this past weekend. I think that might count. Or I need to change this one to "eat at a new place once a month".
10. Work on being more spiritual. Admittedly, I don't quite know how to go about this goal. Do I sit in a church during a sermon or lecture? Do I meditate in a garden? Do I go on a pilgrimage to some holy or sacred place? It has less to do with institutionalized religion and more to do with a connection and relationship to myself, other people, the universe, and nature.